NetEquality Project

NetEquality Project

 

In the NetEquality project dozens of smaller user-led and ‘grass roots’ equality groups and equality partners in London are working together. Over an initial two years, to mid 2021, we will design, test and pilot exciting new ways to use networking and online tools to strengthen our connections and quickly and easily share information and knowledge. We will be exploring ways to join up our voices for solidarity and influence and for more coordinated, effective campaigning to fight discrimination and improve equality in London. Please join us in this exciting new work!

 

Our partnership:

HEAR as lead partner is excited to be working with 3 other specialist equality networks, Consortium (formerly LGBT Consortium), Inclusion London and the Refugee Council, enabling the project to reach the small grass roots and user-led groups that it is designed to support.   In addition we are going to have the specialist skills of Superhighways to call on to support the production and dissemination of innovative learning resources; Drew Mackie and David Wilcox will be providing expert advice and support on both the technical aspects of mapping, network analysis and sharing learning, and the key ingredient of making this work accessible, exciting and useful.

 

This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities programme, through the Cornerstone Fund led by City Bridge Trust.

 

Systems Change: All the projects funded through the Cornerstone Fund are committed to exploring ways to change the systems within which outcomes for Londoners are decided, to improve their lives and the decisions that affect them. We know that many small civil society groups in London, particularly those that are small, grass-roots, user-led and involving experts by experience, function within systems of support and collaboration defined by their geography and/or specific specialisms, not because this works better for them, but due to constraints of time, information, resources or support to cross these boundaries. The project will enable groups to move through these invisible but very real systems boundaries and strengthen their voice and influence and enable much enhanced solidarity and collaboration.

 

A key part of this project is to share learning and we are developing a dedicated project website. More details will be shared soon as the work develops.

 

You can contact Rebecca Turner, the NetEquality Project Officer:

 

Rebecca@hearequality.org.uk

 

and Christine Goodall, HEAR Network Coordinator:

 

hear@hearequality.org.uk

 

 

Next Project Event 18th May, 12pm-1.30pm

 

We know from our members that there is now a stronger need than ever to find out information and share resources. A lot of groups are isolated. Online peer-peer support groups and campaigns exist but can be hard to access unless you are already in those networks. Lots of resources are being spent collating resources and developing good practice and local contacts, potentially duplicating work and missing opportunities.

We are all having to change how we practice – fast – but we need to work together and share now more than ever. We have come together to work across our equality networks to build the NetEquality project – looking at how digital tools can help. We think that mapping, connecting well, and sharing expertise / resources / information can help to address inequalities, by increasing opportunities for solidarity and strengthening campaigns. For the first event, we are focussing on Mental Wellbeing.

5 things you will get out of this event:

Learn more about the NetEquality project

Share and learn about good practice around supporting people’s mental wellbeing during covid-19

Find out how people have been transitioning to remote working, online services and activities

Sharing tips on how we stay connected whether with our staff, service users, funders, supporters

Opportunities to work together pan-equality

Join us in the conversation to put into practice working together and connecting pan-equality, to build solidarity and strengthen our campaigns!

We are also offering through one of HEAR’s other projects, funded by Trust for London, grants to pay for peoples’ data etc. as we want to include people who are ‘digitally excluded’. Peer activists, user-led Mental Health projects and Experts by Experience can apply to have expenses reimbursed via HEAR digital exclusion work. Get in touch with mhairi@hearequality.org.uk for more info.

Register for the event here –

 

http://bitly.ws/8udT

For any other event info contact Rebecca –

 

networks@hearequality.org.uk